Camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree and some on-the-job training in a field related to film or broadcasting. They must have an understanding of digital cameras and computer technology, because both are now used on film sets. On movie sets, many camera operators start out as a production assistant for the camera department to learn how film production works. Production assistants typically run errands or do simple tasks for operators. Operators typically start out working for a small TV station or on a small movie set. As they become more experienced, they move on to larger productions. Camera operators should be able to imagine what the result of their filming or editing will look like to an audience.
Camera operators must be detail oriented. In the field, they need to be able to move about the action while holding a camera steady. They must understand the high-end cameras they use and must know how to use many features of sophisticated editing software. Camera operators must be able to see clearly what they are filming.